Roland Berger

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Roland Berger Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
89 Reviews
3.7
89 Reviews
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Roland Berger CEO Charles-Édouard Bouée
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Challenging, Learning curve, Great colleagues, good pay (in 8 reviews)

  • You are going to learn a lot for the first several years (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance (often unnecessarily long working hours), in my case it was clearly due to understaffing (in 11 reviews)

  • work hours, work/life balance is not good (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roland Berger

    Pros

    In roland berger you are always learning through project

    Cons

    hours are long, there are always emergency tasks

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rampant age discrimination

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Roland Berger full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Name recognition, esp among car manufacturers, mostly in Europe

    Cons

    If you are over 35, no need to apply. I had an interview with a German partner in Chicago who was clueless about US labor laws and when he heard I am 36 he said "Uh, oh" and basically ended it with irrelevant small talk.
    They take advantage of young people in accordance with the company founder's publicly stated attitude that "young people can be squeezed like lemons and then thrown away" (Mr. Berger, Germany, early 90s)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Arrive in the 21st century and lose the discriminatory attitude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Roland Berger full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    many projects focused on the government

    Cons

    bad working time, Overtime always

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should pay more attention on the consultant's career development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great globally, but US is a backwater within the firm.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Roland Berger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome international exposure and senior role access

    Cons

    No job security or clarity on advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    disconnect between Munich HQ and North America

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Job Title in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Job Title in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Roland Berger

    Pros

    small company atmosphere with connections to a much larger organization outside the US

    Cons

    no personal life outside of the office, unreasonable hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work policies and procedures need to be developed and enforced.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A recommended play for someone who wants to start careers in consulting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part-time Assistant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Part-time Assistant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Roland Berger as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people, flexible time, good company culture, promising future in Great China Area

    Cons

    Working hours are too long, but it's quite common in consulting firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No specific advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Challenging but fun

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Consultant in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Junior Consultant in Jakarta (Indonesia)

    I worked at Roland Berger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. Strong support from more senior colleagues
    2. Strong focus on learning & development
    3. High international exposure from the very beginning
    4. Clear performance measures and performance review system

    Cons

    1. Long working hours
    2. High pressure from partners / project managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. More focus on employees' work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    If you care about people and expect the same from them, this is not the place to be!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Munich (Germany)
    Former Employee - Intern in Munich (Germany)

    I worked at Roland Berger as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good career advancement especially in Germany. Strong brand across Europe. Pay your MBA if you are good. Competitive salary. Learn to be disciplined and work a lot and under pressure.

    Cons

    Very "German" firm and not really international. Outside of Germany, plays in a lower league. Not good culture and superiors do not care about their employees. People in general do not care about you just about themselves. Rather arrogant culture with self-centred people. Working hours are among the worst in the consulting industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyed my experience, wouldn't do it full time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Intern in Berlin (Germany)

    I worked at Roland Berger as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The compensation was okay, but the work was fairly interesting

    Cons

    hours were long, when combined with a commute this became problematic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A Double-Edged Sword: Good/valuable experience, but wouldn't want to work at RB full-time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Intern in Berlin (Germany)

    I worked at Roland Berger full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Very good learning oppportunities
    - Interesting clients and projects
    - Competitive compensation
    - I really liked my team, great colleagues!
    - Looks good on CV

    In sum, I don't regret having done the internship as I learned a lot and it really facilitates getting job-interviews now. But I would not want to work at Roland Berger full-time and I'm not returing to the company as a consultant.

    Cons

    - Work-life balance (often unnecessarily long working hours), in my case it was clearly due to understaffing
    - Corporate culture and values (a flat hierarchy is promoted, but actually one experiences a very strict hierarchy. Officially employees are told to avid working long hours were possible, but in reality a culture of presenteeism)
    - Sexist comments not uncommon (at office/ company events. Never in my team though)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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